Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Korres Makeup Removing Wipes

Makeup Remover Wipes: Let’s Talk Korres

Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes ($12.00 for 25 wipes) are a rosy-floral scented makeup wipe that will remove makeup decently but doesn’t get off every trace of it.

These wipes don’t get the job done when it comes to long-wearing, water-resistant, or otherwise “stubborn” makeup like mascara and eyeliner. I also found that my pack seemed a little dry, so I put a little water in it and turned it upside down (my trick for keeping wipes moist!). The best part about the Korres’ wipes is that it’s a non-greasy, non-oily makeup remover, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy nor do you need to rinse after you use one.

I actually like these more for a post-workout wipe down than removing my makeup (just because I do often wear more long-wearing products). They’re extremely refreshing, and since they’re not at all oily, it takes care of your skin without adding anything to it. Really gives me a clean feeling without the tightness.

Price-wise, the Korres’ wipes work out to be just under $0.50 each, so they’re a little pricier than I’d like. At the end of the day, though, say you used this nearly once per day, it works out to about $12 a month as a cost–not necessarily make-or-break, you know? Less than a MAC Lipglass! I wish they’d have a better closure device on the Korres’ wipes, but it’s just a peel-back sticker/closure that you press close (which just isn’t as secure as something with a “click”).

My favorite wipes for makeup removing are MAC Wipes (available for $26 for 100, works out to be $0.26 each), because they’re effective without being drying. However, they’re not designed to be used around the eyes (no, seriously), and I know that I can’t use them for eye makeup removal, because they’ll burn/sting around the eyes.  Korres’ wipes don’t burn around the eyes, so that is a huge difference between the two for me.

MAC Wipes, though, are one of my beauty blogging staples (along with an awesome camera!), because it’s so easy to remove even stubborn eyeliner that’s been stuck on your arm for hours.  I tried Korres for this task, but it just couldn’t get everything off as cleanly or smoothly as MAC Wipes.

Korres’ Wipes are decent, but they’re not superb.  They work well if you wear more minimal makeup or stick with less long-wearing makeup.  One sheet will remove the majority of my tinted moisturizer.  They smell lovely, too, with that rose-ish scent (I know, it’s supposed to smell like pomegranate, but I get a lot of floral when I sniff it!) and didn’t irritate my skin (always a plus!).

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you need something to help refresh you after a workout at the gym or you only wear a little makeup, these are nice to have in your arsenal.

Availability:, Korres, Nordstrom

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17 thoughts on “Korres Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes Review

  1. JD

    Has anybody tried any if their other pomegranate products? I’ve got mad blackheads but I never break out in zits and was thinking this brand might be something to try. That, or bliss’s steep clean line. My skin is so confusing…

  2. Susan

    I got the wipes in a set from Sephora. I wasn’t too pleased either! I do like the MAC wipes better. I was waiting for the F/F MAC sale like last year to get a few more but that didn’t happen this year. I am currently using the wipes from Kirkland (available at Costco). They are so refreshing and remove makeup better than the Korres. They do not irritate my eyes (which can be sensitive).

    Btw Christine… I didn’t know that MAC wipes are not intended for eyes. My eyes do get irritated if I use them everyday. I didn’t know that was the reason. What do you use to remove eye makeup?

    @JD I haven’t tried the pomegranate products but I am in love with the wild rose line… especially the serum!

  3. i love mac wipes but i REALLY HATE that they are scented! i wish they would release a non-perfumed version of them :/ i find the scent in mac wipes to linger on the skin.

  4. This is exactly how I feel about them. I loved loved loved the scent, but they didn’t get everything off around my eyes, so that wasn’t ideal. I thought that they were pretty pricey for what they were as well. I got them in the Korres Prep & Prime box though, so it didn’t work out too bad, but I won’t be purchasing again.

  5. Meagan

    I use these and I usually put something on top of them to keep the flap from opening haha. I like to used them before I go to bed. They work pretty well for me since I don’t wear tons of long-wear makeup :)

  6. Julia:D

    hmm… I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so these might be right for me, but MAC turns out to be cheaper AND works better. On the other hand, I’d want to use wipes for taking off eye makeup and MAC sales people scare me.

  7. NY

    I got these wipes in the Korres Prep & Prime kit they were selling at Sephora (great value for that btw!). I don’t think they work that well. I have to scrub hard to take off any eye makeup and it still doesn’t even come off properly. I usually use Neutrogena wipes and those work 100x better in taking off makeup. The scent is OK but I could do without it.

  8. joolz2u

    I agree that these do not do a good job of cleaning, but are good for a refreshing wipe after the gym. That’s it. I like using Neutrogena for waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

  9. Sarah

    the best wipes i have found and aren’t scented and oily are the neutorgena ones, they’re cheap too.

    • Emily

      I agree! The Neutrogena ones are AM-A-ZING. There’s nothing they can’t take off, and they don’t irritate my skin at all.

      For anyone looking for a great eye makeup remover, Almay’s eye makeup remover pads are also a great bet.

  10. I was really excited for this product and then I went to sephora and I was about to buy it… then I took one to test out and it removed wonderully, but it had such a strong sweet scent! If I weren’t so sensitive to scents I would totally have bought this product!

  11. Paige

    I tried and returned these. They made my skin bright red and sting. I am not sure what irritated me because I have the korres moisturizer from the same line and love it. But I found these wipes to be awful. Careful if you have sensitive skin!

  12. stephanie

    I actually like these. I think they work well. The trick is you have to keep them really moist. I flip the package over so the liquid can saturate the wipe at the top. When I go to pull a wipe, it has more product on it. One of the reasons why I like them is that they have pomegranate in them. That is right in tune with the RX for brown skin line I use for overall skin care.

  13. sophie

    Just found your site christine, i think your work is great (where do you find the time)
    man korres is expensive in the us.
    I’m from Greece (korres homecountry)and here those wipes cost like 5euro that’s like 6.5$
    i love korres btw because they are all natural.

  14. Soly

    I really hated these and returned them. I found that they weren’t very wet at all and irritated my skin. I had to basically rub my face raw to get everything off.

    After that experience I decided to just use a cleanser to remove makeup, promptly made my way to the drug store and got the Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving foam for 4 bucks! I haven’t looked back since!

  15. Amanda

    So glad you reviewed these! I’ve only just started using Korres products, and I am in love with the foundation primer.. I’ve had my eye on these and think they might work for my day to day use.